"The Tour of the Red Special"
by Charles Lapworth
Published in International Socialist Review, vol. 9, no. 6 (December 1908), pp. 401-415.
Copiously illustrated participant's memoir of Eugene V. Debs' memorable 1908 Presidential campaign, during which a special train was chartered and toured coast-to-coast in support of the Socialist Party of America's electoral program and ticket.
Lapworth indicates that SPA Executive Secretary J. Mahlon Barnes was the individual who conceived of the special Socialist campaign train and A.M. Simons the one who devised the moniker "Red Special." The Debs train traveled from Chicago to the Pacific coast, back to the Midwest and then along the East Coast, drawing enthusiastic crowds wherever it went.
Riding the train along with Debs and a bevy of Socialist Party worthies was a brass band which entertained crowds at campaign stops.
Anecdotes about various campaign stops make this a significant primary source material for historians of 20th Century American socialism.
Published in the USA prior to 1923, public domain. Scanned from an original copy and uploaded to Archive.org by Tim Davenport, October 2011. Released into the public domain without restriction.